Baking Cupcakes: Little Gourmet Desserts that Dominate

Despite rumors about the decline of the nationwide cupcake craze, these tiny treats still reign supreme in the Valley


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cupcake kitchen and luncheonette

Red velvet is still a top choice at Irvington’s Cupcake Kitchen and Luncheonette, too. This 1950s-style eatery is half breakfast-and-lunch spot, half bakery, and cupcakes reign as one of the biggest draws. “The novelty of cupcakes as ‘the dessert’ for birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings is still increasing for us,” says owner Jennifer O’Connell. The eatery has been around for only two years, but has a steady clientele stopping in all day long for the mini treats. “Vanilla-vanilla is the number-one pick,” she explains, “but kids love the cookies-and-cream cupcake.” And the ice cream sundae cupcake — topped with Kingston-made Jane’s Ice Cream — makes for a fun summer treat.

So even if the trend fades in Manhattan bakeries, do cupcakes have a permanent home in the Valley? As the Groovy Baker says, “Of course. You can’t see a tray of cupcakes and not smile. Who doesn’t love cupcakes?”

Save the Date!

Gardiner Cupcake Festival
Sun., May 15. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Main St., Gardiner. 845-256-1122
This third annual street festival features local food and retail vendors, live music, a bake-off, and — of course — tons of tasty cakes to try.

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